DUBAI, 20th January, 2018 (WAM) — Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has welcomed a high-level delegation from the United States, US, Department of Energy.
The delegation headed by Dan Brouillette, Deputy Secretary of Energy, included Paul R. Malik, US Consul General in Dubai, Glen Sweetnam, Director for the Office of African and Middle Eastern Affairs in the Office of International Affairs at the US Department of Energy, several advisors from the Deputy Secretary’s Office, and staff from the US Consulate in Dubai.
Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence, Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources, and Marwan bin Haider, Executive Vice President of Innovation and the Future from DEWA, were also present.
Al Tayer welcomed the delegation and stressed that these meetings are part of DEWA’s desire to share best international experiences and expertise, and enhance co-operation with the US government agencies and the private energy sector.
Al Tayer presented DEWA’s plans and projects, which translate the vision of UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and support the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071 to secure a happy future and a better life for future generations, and raise the UAE’s status as the best country in the world, as well as the Dubai Plan 2021 to provide the best government services. DEWA’s initiatives and projects aim to strengthen its competitive position globally, especially in renewable and clean energy, sustainability, and green economy.
He further noted that DEWA has a comprehensive strategy for the energy sector, which it translated into practical strategies. It works to secure energy supplies by diversifying the energy mix to 75 percent of Dubai’s total clean energy production by 2050. DEWA has launched several green initiatives and programmes, notably the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world.
Al Tayer noted that the 13-MW photovoltaic first phase became operational in 2013. The 200-MW photovoltaic second phase was launched in March 2017. The 800-MW third phase will be operational by 2020. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid has also announced the 700-MW, AED14.2 billion fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
The delegation expressed interest in participating in DEWA’s projects, especially on clean energy, exchanging expertise, information, and techniques, and contributing to the sustainable growth of Dubai.